Politics, government and public life for Southern California

Kendrec McDade: Pasadena to withhold part of report on police shooting

Pasadena Police Shooting

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In this undated family photo, Kendrec McDade, then a high school student, is seen wearing his Aztecs Football team uniform. McDade was shot and killed by Pasadena police after they received a false report of an armed robbery.

Pasadena has received an independent review of how police and the city handled the investigation of the 2012 officer-involved shooting death of Kendrec McDade, an unarmed African-American college student. But only portions of the report will be accessible to the public, a city spokesman said.

McDade was 19 when city police shot him at close range in a Pasadena alley. The officers were responding to a 911 emergency call from a man who falsely claimed he had been robbed at gunpoint. The man's laptop had been taken from his car while the owner had stepped away, but neither McDade nor the 17-year-old teen who admitted taking the computer had a gun.

The police, the District Attorney and the FBI investigated, all concluding that the officers should not be prosecuted. The latest report comes from Michael Gennaco of OIR Group, a private consulting company that analyzes officer-involved shootings for local governments.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Chief Beck is up for reappointment, Jose Huizar raises lots of reelection cash, and is high-speed rail the future of California?

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The Police Commission will decide today whether to give Chief Charlie Beck a second five-year term.

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Today is Tuesday, Aug. 12, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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The Police Commission will consider Chief Charlie Beck's reappointment this morning. It comes as the civilian panel is also investigating whether LAPD may have misreported violent crime statistics in the city, reports the Los Angeles Times. "More than two dozen current and retired LAPD officers told The Times that crimes are sometimes misclassified deliberately because of a relentless pressure to produce ever-lower crime statistics," according to the piece. LAObserved as a complete recap on coverage of the LAPD's crime statistics.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Kevin James defends City Hall, LAUSD prepares for special election, does LA need a homeless czar?

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Former mayoral candidate Kevin James was a political outsider who called for City Hall reforms. Now, he finds himself defending the system.

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Today is Monday, Aug. 11, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, City Hall plays softball, Sacramento comes to L.A., and Councilman Tom LaBonge celebrates Hollywood.

The president of the Board of Public Works, Kevin James, was once a political outsider but now he finds himself defending City Hall, reports the Los Angeles Times. "Kevin has joined the system. It's distressing to see someone who knows better buying into the idea that we have to protect the system from reform," said Ron Kaye, former editor of the Daily News.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Jailhouse abuses, criticism of a Street Services audit, councilman tries to clean up Venice Beach

Lee Baca

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A new report is critical of former Sheriff Lee Baca and former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka and their roles in jailhouse abuses.

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Today is Friday, Aug. 8, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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A new report criticizes former Sheriff Lee Baca and former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka for allowing abuse to take place in the county jails, reports the Los Angeles Times. "Paul Tanaka managed to repay Baca's loyalty, quick promotions, and sustained mentoring by undercutting the Department's moral authority and mocking the values that Lee Baca so often professed to be central to his vision," the report says, according to the Times.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: LAUSD special election, Congressional race on Westside, controversy over West Hollywood development

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The LA Weekly notes that the LAUSD's District 1 has the city's lowest test scores and lowest graduation rate. There's a special election next week to select its newest board member. The primary saw just 8 percent voter turnout.

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Today is Thursday, Aug. 7, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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The LA Weekly explains why the special election for the LAUSD Board of Education is so important, even though just 8 percent of voters turned out for its primary. "As a group, schools in District 1, which takes in most of South Los Angeles, have the lowest test scores and among the lowest graduation rates of any in Los Angeles," per the Weekly.

A Los Angeles Times editorial says the Board of Supervisors got it wrong when it declined to create a civilian oversight panel for the Sheriff's Department. "The deep problems with the Sheriff’s Department may have less to do with the sheriff than they do with the board, which can’t sufficiently share power or loosen its absolute control over information to safeguard the safety of county residents and the effectiveness of their tax dollars," per the piece.

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